Sikkimese youth comes second in guitarist TV reality show

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Kathmandu, January 3, 2013:

Sonam Waiba of Sikkim came second in ‘Guitar Maestro-2′ after the finale in Kathmandu, Nepal on December 31, 2012. It is first guitarist TV reality show in world TV history.

Leaving all the contestants behind, Karma Tamang from Kathmandu was crowned ‘Guitar Maestro-2’. Tamang was handed over a cash prize of Rs 100,000 along with a Hutchins guitar after the finale at Hotel Indreni Himalaya, Gaushala. With this win, Tamang has also grabbed the opportunity to take part in the Northern Guitar Festival in Germany scheduled to take place on April 25.

Suroj Pariyar from Pokhara came second. The top three finalists were selected on the basis of their performance and SMS voting.

With the successful presentation of Guitar Maestro-1 in 2010, Guitar Maestro Private Limited organised the second season of Guitar Maestro that had begun in Kathmandu on July 29. And out of the 35 contestants, eight guitarists succeeded to make it to the finals. Among them three contestants — Waiba, Niraj Poudel and Pariyar were there in the final with a wild card entry.

The organisers will announce the top five guitarists on January 15 and they will get an opportunity to create a musical album, according to Binod Ojha, Concept Director/ Producer of the event.

Gaurav Sharma, Sudip Kumar Rijal, Bikram Jung Shah, Narhari Premi, Bhupendra Rayamajhi, Mukesh Shahi and Ajay Lama were on the panel of judges.

The finale was full of entertainment with performances by guitarists Gaurav Sharma, Thu Le and Gary Hutchins as well musical band Aditya Balani Group all the way from New Delhi, India. There were other musical performances by energetic bands like Tripitak, Kridanta, Inside Us and Elite along with dance items.

According to Ojha, “This programme is organised with an aim to provide inspiration to the youth in the musical scenario and help Nepali guitarists take part at the international level.”

And one of the contestants, Deep Bikram Singh also felt the same, “Nepali musicians do not get a chance to show their talents and this event has created a platform for them.”



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